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Out & About: Woodstock ‘Puppies and Pooches’ parade goes virtual

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 8/7/2020 9:44:40 PM
Modified: 8/7/2020 9:44:29 PM

WOODSTOCK — The Puppies and Pooches on Parade event has gone virtual.

The annual gathering, now in its sixth year, is a fundraiser for the Friends of Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock. In years past, the event has taken place at the Village Green in downtown Woodstock.

“We cannot safely hold our event on The Village Green so we have gone virtual,” Peggy Fraser, president of the group, said in a news release. “We are sad we cannot see all the excitement and activity in Woodstock, but the good news is that everyone can participate and from anywhere.”

Participants can take photographs of their dogs and register by Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. They are also asked to include a description of their pooch. Voting is open until noon on Saturday, Aug. 29. Categories include “Most Precious Petite” (for dogs weighing under 20 pounds), “Mightiest Midsize” (20-50 pounds) and “Gentlest Giant” (over 50 pounds). There are also categories for best-dressed female dog (“Ms. Fashionista”) and male dog (“Mr. Beau Geste”).

“The dogs with the most votes will win a free pass for Puppies & Pooches on Parade 2021 on The Green,” Fraser wrote. “Get your family and friends opt vote for your dog or invite them to join the fun and enter their own dog.” Visit puppiesandpoochesonparade.com or email fraserusa@gmail.com for more information.

Entire Mt. Ascutney staff honored as August employees of the month

WINDSOR — The more than 480 staff members at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center have been named as Employees of the Month for August 2020.

“The arrival of the novel coronavirus was a tremendous stress to our entire organization and to our communities,” Dr. Joseph Perras, chief executive officer and chief medical officer of the Windsor-based health care system, said in a news release. “I am proud to say that all of my colleagues stepped up to the challenge, and they did it together, working side by side with stamina, flexibility and ingenuity.”

The nonprofit organization, an affiliate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, employs more than 480 people in full- and part-time positions in Windsor, the Ottauquechee Health Center, in Woodstock; and Mt. Ascutney Hospital Ophthalmology, in Hanover.

“Providers, nurses, housekeepers, cooks, technologists, therapists, and others all know how important local health care is to the communities we serve,” Perras said.

White River Junction United Methodist Church names new pastor

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Rev. SangChurl Bae became pastor at the White River Junction United Methodist Church last month.

Bae was born and raised in South Korea. He earned a master’s degree from Boston University, where, as a student he was appointed pastor of a small church in the area.

“I had never preached in English before. I had never worshipped in the church where the primary language was English,” he said in a news release from the church. “I was so scared of taking the call to become a pastor of the church. It was not just about language but also about culture and people. However, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I had made.”

Bae started preaching at the White River Junction United Methodist Church on July 1.

Fairlee holds meeting about Hazard Mitigation Plan

FAIRLEE — Fairlee will hold a virtual meeting from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday to discuss updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Residents can access the meeting via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/93708625992 or by phone at 470-250-9358 and Meeting ID: 937 0862 5992. Information about the plan will be available at fairleevt.org.

The town is working on updating its plan, which will allow it to access grant funding for projects including tree trimming near powerlines and installing larger culverts. For more information, contact town administrator Tad Nunez at 802-333-4363 ext. 2 and townadministrator@fairleevt.org or Sarah Wraight at 802-457-3188 and swraight@trorc.org.

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